At Christmas, it is very common for people to celebrate the end of the year holidays in their homes. However, this can be uncomfortable for neighbors, mainly due to noise.
The new Police Code, which came into effect on January 30 of this year, imposes harsh sanctions on those who attempt against “peaceful coexistence”, which go up to 32 minimum wages and vary depending on their severity.
Disturbing the tranquillity of the neighbours is an action that is contemplated within the type 3 fine, whose penalty is 393 thousand pesos.
Here are some specific points of the current regulations that you must take into account regarding this issue so that you do not affect the tranquility of your neighbors and, likewise, you are not fined.
First, in the residential sector, the maximum level allowed is 65 decibels during the day and 55 at night. In simple words, this is similar to the normal noise produced in a house, by the use of electrical appliances, the passage of vehicles and conversations in a normal tone, if it is already uncomfortable to the ear, the level may be exceeding what is allowed.
1. How to stop noise in co-properties
In the first instance, when it comes to events within private units (apartments or houses), those affected can call the Police to intervene and invite noisy neighbours to contribute to calm.
If it is the communal hall or other common area of a residential complex, the regulations are expressed in the horizontal property regulations.
On the other hand, the administrator cannot freely rent the communal room, much less establish schedules, harming the owners. The regulation in this sense corresponds to the assembly within the parameters provided in the horizontal property regulations and in the law.
In addition, it is the responsibility of the coexistence committee to carry out preventive actions, including reminding the owners of their rights, duties and prohibitions through notices, posters and circulars.
2. Constructions must conform to standards
Apart from the Political Constitution, there are urban regulations that define the specific uses that are allowed for each property and that must be approved by means of a construction license. For example, among the environmental regulations, Resolution 627 of 2006 of the Ministry of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development stand out, which regulates noise levels.
Added to this are the National and District Police codes, Law 675 of 2001 and the horizontal property regulations that were organized based on the violated rights. Which are? Noise pollution violates or threatens the rights to life, health and a healthy environment, and affects tranquility and privacy.
What are the most frequent noise problems in buildings, groups and groups?
Excessive noise from parties, loud music, pets, car alarms, improper use of wooden floors, works in private units at prohibited hours, misuse of the communal room, huddles and games in common areas, use of electrical appliances and tools at prohibited hours (drills, for example), and moving and moving furniture.
3. Noise on public roads
Some neighbours also get together for street parties, but this can make those who have decided not to be part of the celebration uncomfortable. So if the noise is caused in the street, it is the responsibility of the Police to apply the Police Code and require offenders to cease their activity. Otherwise, the Police must apply the procedures of the case immediately to restore order.